Considerations and Benefits of Working Memory Training
Things to keep in mind:
-- The training is rigorous, so few children under seven can stick with it. Children recently diagnosed with ADHD should have their medication adjusted before beginning training.
-- The program does not claim to replace medication. While many kids get good results on meds, drugs don't usually manage all ADHD symptoms. Improving working memory can address those problems.
-- About 75 to 80 percent of kids show improvement in inattention and hyperactivity. Kids also become more alert to their surroundings. They are also more aware of social cues. Learn about the age-by-age working-memory 'milestones' here.
-- Parents often report that their kids become more "mature." They take charge of their hygiene and do chores without being nagged. They remember to bring books and materials to and from school.
-- Studies have found that at six-month and one-year follow-ups, about 80 percent of subjects maintained their working-memory gains or improved on them.